Education: Sherri holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and English from the University of Guelph, and a Master of Arts degree in the History of Art from the University of Toronto.
Member Type(s): Faculty
Sherri Helwig is teaching leadership and governance in the Arts Management and Arts Leadership graduate programs at Queen's University, and has taught a variety of practice- and policy-related courses within the undergraduate Arts Management program at the University of Toronto Scarborough since 2003. She has also served as Scholar-in-Residence at American University in Washington D.C. and Senior Research Fellow with the Canadian Conference of the Arts in Ottawa, taught arts management-related courses for York University, Humber College, and the Harris Institute in Toronto, and lectured extensively across Canada and within the United States, Italy, Finland, Spain and The Netherlands across a wide range of subjects.
Sherri also continues her work as an independent arts consultant, and is a Founding Member of Arts Consultants Canada / Consultants canadiens en arts (ACCA).
Her teaching, research, and consulting work is informed by many years of cultural management experience, including eight years serving as Executive Director of national arts service organizations where she was responsible for delivering a wide range of membership, advocacy, and project initiatives, managing collective bargaining negotiations, leading presentations to federal and provincial tribunals, overseeing local and national partnership development plans, and securing record heights of public and private sector support.
Visual arts experience
During her most recent (2016-2017) sabbatical from the University of Toronto, Sherri worked in focused arts management practice in the role of Interim Executive Director/Curator of the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, a public gallery dedicated to arts education and the exhibition of contemporary art.
Other visual arts-specific experience includes work with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, a formal review of the art collection policies and programs of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and service on the City of Toronto’s Museum Collections and Conservation Management Board and the jury for a 25th Anniversary exhibition at the Station Gallery.
Performing arts experience
Sherri led the Associated Designers of Canada as Executive Director for seven years, representing the interests of professional designers of sets, costumes, lighting and sound for the stage across the country; this experience included successful national collective bargaining negotiations and federal certification for the organization under the Status of the Artist Act.
Her performing arts-specific consulting experience includes work with organizations such as the Screen Composers Guild, TheatreBooks, and Theatre Museum Canada.
As a dedicated volunteer, Sherri has served as a juror for the Musical, Opera, and Touring sections of Toronto’s Dora Awards, served on boards including for the award-winning Necessary Angel Theatre Company, and continues to volunteer with Business for the Arts (as an artsVest™ board governance mentor to small and medium-sized arts organizations across the country).
Sherri holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and English from the University of Guelph, and a Master of Arts degree in the History of Art from the University of Toronto.